5 Tips and Tricks to Deal With Two Little Munchkins

5 Tips and Tricks to Deal With Two Little Munchkins
Guest Contributor, Our Friends at www.tinystep.in

It’s no easy task managing children. They need a lot of care and attention, and they’re not afraid to ask for it. Managing one child is a challenge in itself, so it’s understandable that the thought of having to deal with two might be daunting for many of us; double the workload, double the energy required, double the attention given. But, like most things in this world, there are upsides and downsides to having two kids, and it’s important to keep these in mind when you think about raising two kids.

Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind when dealing with two children:

1. Hear ye! Hear ye!:
When it comes to taking care of the needs of multiple little kids, the principle you need to follow is to attend to the greater needs first. For example, one kid just pooped in his diaper which is now on the verge of explosion and the other one has fallen down and proceeded to bawl her eyes out. The most sensible solution would be to ignore the dirty diaper for the time being and tend to the injury first.

2. The One Where You “Trick” Your Baby:
Another helpful trick is to try to keep one kid busy if you’re going to have to focus on the other one for a while. Example – when you need to feed one child, give the other one some toys or a game or put on a TV show to keep them busy while you feed your other child.

3. Santa’s Little Helper:
It’s important to remember that you shouldn’t force your older child to like his/her younger sibling. Often, the older ones get jealous when there’s a new addition to the family because they know that it means that they’ll receive less attention from you. When your child shows dislike towards their sibling, try to comfort them rather than telling them that they must like him/her. Try to get your older child involved in helping out with the care of their younger sibling – this will make them feel helpful and needed.

4. Born Besties:
Sometimes, you can take a back seat as your kids start to bond. Sometimes, it becomes easier to have two kids. They satisfy each other’s need for a playmate and friend, and it gives you time to rest and spend with your spouse without constantly having one eye on your kids. Though they may fight, siblings tend to find a great amount of comfort in each other. They’re born besties. They look out for each other, may even synchronize with each other’s schedules, and keep each other entertained when bored.

5. Time Management:
Ha! This one follows you everywhere, doesn’t it? You may think “I’ve got this down” or “I’ve been failing at this since I was in school!” Well, I’m here to say that it never hurts to try anyway. Make a schedule for each day your kids to follow and try your best to ensure that they stick to it. This can help ensure that nap time and feeding time for both children coincide. What’s in it for you? Well, imagine how much peace and quiet there’ll be if both your kids are asleep at the same time? If your kids adapt to those timings it could simplify your life a whole lot.

Having two kids can be quite a blessing if you’re open to thinking of it that way! You now have two shiny stars in your life instead of one. It’ll also prevent your child from getting lonely. Even better, it will teach him/her from a young age what it means to share, adapt, and compromise.

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Gender Reveal Party Ideas

Gender Reveal Party Ideas
By Alexis Pollitto, Contributor

So, you’re having a baby…how exciting!gender-cake Arguably even more exciting, is finding out if you will have a son or a daughter. What better way to be surprised than through a gender reveal party.

Gender reveal parties have been up and coming for the past few years. Essentially, you can gather your closest family and friends and all experience the magical moment of learning the gender of your baby together. We have put together a list of the cutest gender reveal party ideas to kick off your planning.

First, you may want to select a theme forpink-v-blue the party. If you love sports, you may be interested in a Team Pink or Team Blue theme, or Touchdowns vs. Tutus. If you plan to have the party during the summertime, you can put a twist on a summer classic by having a BaByQ and serve barbecue food. You can certainly select the theme based on the time of year you will have the party, like decorating blue and pink pumpkins for the fall or blue and pink shamrocks for St. Patrick’s day. You know you will want to treat your little one like royalty, so why not start at his or her gender reveal party with the theme of prince or princess. Developing a theme for your gender reveal party is a great way to tie together invitations, decorations, food, and activities that will happen at the party, but of course keeping the party simple with a minimal theme will be just as special.

Once you have decided on if your partyshuttefly-invite will have a theme, you may want to announce the party through invitations. zazzle.comshuttefly.com, and paperlesspost.com (for evites) has many cute invitations to go with some of the themes previously mentioned, and they also have a variety of simple designs at reasonable prices.

After the invitations have been sent, thepinata real party planning begins. Of course, the most important part is deciding on which way you are going to find out the gender. Often it is common for the parents-to-be to give their sealed envelope to a baker who will fill the inside of a sweet treat with something blue or pink. But if you are looking to break away from the traditional, the possibilities are endless. Babycenter.com has some fun and unique ideas, especially if there will be asilly-string lot of kids at your party, such as announcing the gender through a silly string fight (with the color of the outside of the can covered by a brown paper bag). This is definitely an affordable and memorable way to learn the gender of your baby. Another fun idea for a kid-friendly party is a gender reveal pinata.

Alternatively, you can open a baby outfit to findpush-pops out. Go to your favorite children’s store and pick out an outfit for a boy and a girl. Hand the sealed envelope to the cashier and have him or her wrap the correct outfit for you while you continue to shop. Balloons are another exciting way to find out. Go to the party store and give the sealed envelope to the cashier. While you are shopping for party decorations, have him or her seal a box with blue or pink balloons. If you want to get your guests more involved in the reveal, you can order Gender Reveal confetti push-pops from etsy.com and watch as blue or pink confetti flies into the air.

While you may find great party decorationscookie-gender in store, there are also some convenient options for ordering online. Be sure to look for awesome decorations, such as balloons, temporary tattoos, banners, and fun games for your guests to play. When you have decided on decorations, you will nearly be done with planning your gender reveal party, but one important decision to make is what kind of food you would like to serve. Some hosts serve food that mom hahersheyss been craving, while others will decorate pink and blue cookies for dessert. I personally love these glam DIY He or She Hershey bars from etsy.com. Another idea we loved courtesy of popsugar.com is to have your guests pour white Kool-aid powder into their water and watch as it changes color to pink or blue.